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Currently top 10 deadliest aircraft carriers in the world are these:
1. Ford class (USA)
Displacement: 100 000 t
Length: 335 m
|The Ford class is a successor to the Nimitz class aircraft carriers. First of the class is expected to be commissioned with the US Navy in 2015. It is expected that a total of 9-10 new aircraft carriers of this class will be built. These will be the largest and most powerful warships ever built. These will replace the Nimitz and Improved Nimitz class warships. The Ford class aircraft carriers will be the mainstay of the US Navy’s power projection throughout the 21st century.|
Hull design of the Ford class is similar to that of the Nimitz class. The new aircraft carriers will have the same displacement as the previous Nimitz class, however it will be fitted with more automated and efficient systems.The new aircraft carriers will have a smaller, redesigned and more stealthy island.
Each of these vessels will carry an airwing that will include 85 fixed-wing aircraft, VSTOL aircraft, helicopters, or unmanned aerial vehicles. It is larger and more powerful force than many nation’s complete air force. By operating these aircraft carriers United States will remain unchallenged sea force on earth throughout the 21st century.These will include F-35 JSF and F/A-18E/F Super Hornetsmulti-role fighters, EA-18G Growlers electronic warfare aircraft, E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes early warning aircraft, MH-60R and MH-60S naval helicopters.
Defensive weapons of the Ford class will include two launchers with 16 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) each. These missiles are used against incoming high-speed, maneuverable anti-ship missiles. It will also have two launchers with 21 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) that are also used against anti-ship missiles. Also there will be four 20-mm Phalanx close-in weapon systems.
2. Improved Nimitz class (USA)
Displacement: 100 000 t
Length: 332 m
| A total of 10 of these supercarriers were built, including 3 Nimitz class ships and 7 Improved Nimitz class ships. These have been the largest warships built and in service.
These nuclear-powered aircraft carriers can carry about 80 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. These ships operate F/A-18E/F Super Hornets multi-role fighters, F/A-18C Hornets ground attack aircraft, EA-6B Prowlers electronic warfare aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft, C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft and various helicopters for utility, transport and anti-submarine warfare operations.
These supercarriers typically operate over 60 aircraft and helicopters. However surge capacity is 130 F/A-18 Hornets.
These supercarriers have automated self-defence systems against anti-ship cruise missiles by integrating and co-coordinating the ship’s weapon and electronic warfare systems.
In the forthcomming decades all of these vessels are due to be replaced by the new Ford class aircraft carriers.
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